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If you’re looking for a truly surprising–and inspiring–collection of joyful original music, then look no further. For With the Earth Below, I spared no expense. Brazilian musical genius Carioca Freitas produced and arranged 10 original songs with words and lyrics by yours truly.
This is music with a purpose: to sit in the heart and flex that muscle of gratitude.
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Spirited is an album of soaring original songs guaranteed to make your heart sing.
The 14 songs on Spirited range from quiet musical meditations to full-out foot-stomping barn burners.
Spirited rewards repeated listenings, pure attention and openness to something new. This collection of songs is like nothing you’ve heard before.
This music is part folk, part bluegrass, part Brazilian jazz, part devotional, part meditative soundtrack, part declaration of independence for the human spirit.
In addition to obvious benefits like increased feelings of calm and centeredness, listening to Spirited may also result in weight loss, hair gain, increased vitality and improved overall hygiene.
Would you like to learn more about the individual songs on Spirited? Head here.
By purchasing Spirited, you are supporting my mission to spread peace, love, joy and compassion through original inspired music. Thank you!
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Guitar Books and Tools
The secret weapon in your guitar toolkit is your metronome. And while you have a myriad of choices these days in every imaginable form from web metronomes to iphone apps, combo tuner/metronomes and dedicated metronomes in every conceivable price range from cheaper than cheap to second-mortgage necessitating, I recommend a simple, straightforward and easy-to-use metronome from the Seiko Corporation:
Given the innate resistance most guitarists seem to have toward the metronome, you want to choose the simplest possible option to insure your actual usage of the metronome in your practice. This is the one that will help you go the guitar distance.
When it comes to a simple but effective tuner, I recommend the Snark SN-1 Tuner. This tuner is affordable, portable, durable and tunes extremely accurately. Clip it onto the head of your guitar, turn it on and tune away. You can tune using this bad boy in any environment.
Since I prefer to tune by ear, this tuner is really all I need.
It clips on to the head of your guitar and tunes vibrationally, so you can use it when you’re in loud environments.
The Gitano attaches to your guitar by the use of two suction cups. It allows you to keep both feet flat on the floor while you angle your guitar on either leg to reproduce the classic classical guitar position.
Say goodbye to back pain, and say hello to fantastic form, relaxed posture and easy access to the strings and the fretboard for both of your hands. I love the Gitano, and I have Richard Todd to thank for introducing me to it. An absolutely indispensable accessory if you’re spending any time at all in the classical guitar holding position.
Believe it or not, a guitar stand definitely helps your playing. By having the guitar accessible at all times, you encounter no extra resistance to getting the guitar out and getting in some quick practice time.
This assumes, of course, that you have a safe, out of the way place for your guitar. It also assumes that your guitar stand area is climate-controlled. If you happen to have the right place where your guitar can rest in this stand, then I definitely recommend you pick one of these up.
If making art is a war against Resistance, then the guitar stand makes it that much easier to win the war.
Simple. Collapsible. Portable. Effective.
If you’re just getting started, few of these accessories are absolutely indispensable. This music stand certainly isn’t.
Instead, this stand is the thing you will want to get once you’re sure the guitar is something you want in your life for years to come.
There are many expensive and more hefty-duty music stands on the market, but I’ve had this stand for nigh on four years now, and while it clearly bears scars from four years of consistent use, all its moving parts still function, and it still holds up my music without complaint.
Before I found the Gitano, this is what I used when I played in full classical guitar position.
If you’ve never played with the assistance of a footstool, you’ll be surprised how much more comfortable you’ll feel while using it.
There’s a reason classical players the world over have opted to elevate their legs footstool-style for the past couple hundred years.
If for whatever reason you’re against the Gitano (like, perhaps, you don’t want to apply suction cups to your guitar’s flawless French polish), then this footstool has your name written all over it.
The Principles of Correct Practice for Guitar by Jamie Andreas
Beyond the Basic Practice Approach also by Jamie Andreas
Chord Chemistry by Ted Greene
Guitar Atlas Brazil by Billy Newman
Serious Guitar by Michael Hoffman
Fretboard Logic SE by Bill Edwards